England continue to drift in betting as Euro Championship edges closer

With this weekend seeing the final round of Premier League fixtures of the season, Bet365 are reporting increased betting activity amongst a flurry of free bets as attention starts to turn to the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

Roy Hodgson was only appointed last week, however bookmakers are already taking bets on who will be his successor, as you can pick up the latest Euro 2012 odds.

The England job is one of the biggest in world football, so of course all the big names are involved.

So out of all the managers linked, who fits the bill?

Alan Pardew is doing a fantastic job at Newcastle and should he go on to make the Magpies a side that challenge for the Champions League over the next few years he is the ideal candidate. You can back Pardew at 12/1.

Another topic of interest is the strikers England might take on the place this summer.

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Roy Hodgson will be looking to take five strikers to the tournament and with many forwards having good seasons in the Premier League it could be a difficult choice for the former Switzerland boss.

Despite his two game ban at the start of the competition, Wayne Rooney has to go. He is by far and away the best player in the squad and possibly the only hope of a success this summer.

Jermain Defoe, Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Andy Carroll, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Grant Holt will be the other players in contention for the remaining four places.

Despite maybe not being the most gifted in terms of talent and being a long shot with some bookmakers, Grant Holt is a tip to make it on the plane. Holt is the second highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League with 14 goals. 12/1 are the odds on the Norwich man making the squad.

Finally, the group stages have been at times painful for England supporters, with the side seeming to just sneak through every time. Is this likely to change?

It will be difficult with the group that The Three Lions find themselves in.

England have take just five points from two of their previous four tournaments. This to happen again is a recommended bet. A less from satisfying group stage performance is available at 8/1.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.